I don’t Care

Date: April 14, 2012
Venue: The Waterhouse, Shanghai
Artist: Francesca Galeazzi
Sponsor: Shanghai Ecodesign Fair

“I don’t Care” is an artwork created by Francesca Galeazzi for the 2012 Shanghai Eco Design Fair. Three balloons were suspended over the crowd, representing the three atoms in the CO2 molecule. The balloons have a combined volume of 14 cubic meters, the amount of daily per capita carbon emissions in Shanghai (source: Shanghai Statistical Yearbook and Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change). A descriptive postcard was distributed throughout the fair venue, and fairgoers were invited to reach up and spin the balloons, keeping their two-sided message in motion.

Artist statement: “The scary statistics about global warming or environmental degradation that we are constantly bombarded with are not really effective; usually the result is that people actually disengage…I am interested in ways in which we can represent and visualise our environmental impact in simple terms.”